In 2008, Anna made a remarkable recovery from a horrific cycling accident that left her with a fractured neck. After rigorous rehabilitation and training, she qualified for the Beijing Olympics later that year where she won the only cycling medal for Australia - a silver in the individual sprint.
Since then Anna has won the Women's Keirin at the World Track Cycling Championships in Paris, and the Women's Sprint Gold Medal against arch rival Victoria Pendleton at the 2012 London Olympics. Due to her outstanding accomplishments, Anna was named as the Official Flag Bearer for the Australian Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won Bronze in the Women's Keirin. Her success in what would be her final Olympic campaign saw Anna become Australia's most decorated cyclist in Olympic history, the only woman in the world to medal in all 4 sprint events at the Olympic Games, and the only Australian athlete to medal individually at four consecutive Olympic Games. In August 2014, between Olympic campaigns, Anna raised a remarkable $215,000 when she shaved her head for Little Heroes Foundation live on Adelaide's Today Tonight at the National Wine Centre.
Jessica took up competitive running just four years ago, she is already
building an impressive collection of achievements. In 2012 Jess ran her
first marathon in Nagoya (Japan) in just 2:31:02 and after several
anxious weeks qualified for the London Olympic Games. In just her second
marathon she competed against the world's best and finished an
The following year, Jess finished 11th at the Moscow
World Championships - the best performance ever by an Australian in the
marathon. Then in 2014, Jess claimed the bronze medal in the marathon at
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Jess has been involved with Little
Heroes Foundation since 2012.
Striker Bruce Djite was born in Washington D.C and moved to Sydney as child. Bruce joined Adelaide United in 2006 and again in 2011 after stints in Turkey and on the Gold Coast. He has since become Adelaide's highest all time goal scorer!
Bruce was an influential player in the Red's 2015/16 season, which saw the club claim the A-League Championship against the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1. Following his good from with Adelaide United, Bruce signed with Suwon FC in the K-League for the 2016-17 season, and then PSM Makassar in 2018. In June 2019, Bruce returned once again to Adelaide United, in the role of Director of Football.
After becoming a dad, Bruce discovered a whole new understanding of the importance of the work we do, becoming an ambassador of Little Heroes Foundation in 2015
Tom Lynch currently plays for the Adelaide Football Club, after crossing the border from St Kilda at the end of the 2011 season. He has played over 90 AFL games, with more to come following a breakout season in 2013, which saw him play 17 games and kicking 33 goals. In the same year, he became only the third player (behind Scott Hodges and our very own Tony Modra) to score 10 or more goals in a game for Adelaide.
Off the field, Tom is a father of two, and understands the importance of the work we do at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Tom joins as the latest official Little Heroes Ambassador in 2017. We look forward to seeing Tom at our future events
Recognised as one of the most accomplished female jockeys of all time, Clare Lindop claimed multiple South Australian jockey premierships, and more than 1400 winners across her 23-year career.
A trailblazer for women in the sport of competitive racing, Clare was the first Australian female to ever ride in the famed Melbourne Cup, where she rode ‘Debben’ for Leon McDonald in 2003. Clare has now ridden in the Melbourne Cup on three occasions, with a 5th place aboard ‘Dolphin Jo’ in 2007 being her best finish.
Clare established herself as one of the leading riders in South Australia, and following an illustrious career, retired from the sport in 2018.
When joining the foundation as an ambassador in 2017, Clare said she looked forward to giving back to South Australian children and families.
“It’s great to be able to give back to a foundation that does so much for sick children and their families in SA.”
“Having seen some of the work they have done at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and through meeting the team, I am proud to be joining the Foundation as an ambassador, so that I can do my part to support these kids.”
Lily has been involved in the sport of diving for over 11 years. She has been an Elite Diver with the South Australian Sports Institute since she was 14 years of age and is also a valued member of the Diving South Australia Board of Directors. She has competed nationally and internationally several times for the Women’s 10 Metre Platform event. In 2020, Lily was awarded the ‘Peoples Choice Credit Union Women in Sport Scholarship’.
Outside of the pool, Lily’s life revolves a lot around children working as an assistant educator at Happy Valley Primary School, and as a diving coach teaching the next generation of elite divers. Lily completed her degree in Journalism in 2020 at the University of Adelaide and is eager to pursue a career in broadcast television. Her love for news, sport, and storytelling partly stems from her current background as a full-time elite athlete. Lily says that recently over the years, issues revolving around mental health have become very evident not only among athletes, but in the wider community, and it is an area that would benefit from greater understanding and resources. Lily is passionate about supporting and giving back to a foundation that has done and will continue to do incredible work for South Australian children and families in more ways than one.
Laura is an Australian 10m platform diver, but that was not always the case. Previously an elite gymnast, she transferred through the VIS to Diving, after having career ending back surgery. Now, she is a member of the National Diving Team and regularly competes on the world stage in both the 10m Individual and Synchronised events.
Realising the importance of having a dual career path, Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and hopes to host and commentate at the major sporting events. Sometimes our greatest challenges are our greatest learning opportunities. Laura’s journey has seen many obstacles, but she continues to fight for what she believes in and is determined to live her dream. Away from the pool, Laura is passionate about giving back to her community and being a good role model to those around her. She regularly presents to schools and businesses, inspiring people to find their purpose, follow their dreams and to live life with passion.